We can’t wait to be back with Mountain View Christmas Markets so get ready to explore and soak up the holiday cheer! From the twinkling lights to the smells of freshly baked treats, and the joy of shopping for unique gifts from our traders! This Christmas, let's support small businesses and shop local to show our solidarity and appreciation.
Yulefest Kilkenny 2023 will begin on November 25th, with Santa’s arrival to the city and the beginning of the Yulefest Christmas Market. Visitors to this years festival can expect festive treats, creative crafts, live music and family entertainment at the weekend Christmas Market. Special events each weekend. Festive Christmas lights throughout the city. Plus Santa visits and festive events across the county! The Yulefest programme of events has something for everyone.
Visit the North Pole Office, where children write letters or colour in pictures for Santa before putting them in the express post box! Children will be entertained with fun and games and the whole family is invited to join the fun along with the mischievous elves before visiting Santa’s enchanting grotto, where every child will receive a gift.
Don’t worry about when to shop this Christmas!! MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre will be opened until 9pm every Thursday & Friday throughout December and to make your life just a little easier we have extended our opening hours until 9pm from December 19th – December 23rd to help you remain stress free this Christmas period. With a range of top retail brands including Dunnes Stores, Jack & Jones, Life Style Sport & River Island you will find all the gifts you need under one roof here at MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre.
The MADE In Kilkenny Pop-Up Shop is back this December. MADE in Kilkenny is a multidisciplinary craft group organised and run by its members on a voluntary basis with the mission to promote Kilkenny County as the premier destination in Ireland for authentic handmade Irish crafts of exceptional quality. The Christmas Pop-Up Shop displays members high quality craft and design pieces which could make the perfect gift for someone in your life this Christmas.
Embark on a whimsical journey down the rabbit hole at Castlecomer Discovery Park's Alice in Wonderland Trail! 🐇✨
Running every weekend through December. Bookings are available every hour from 10.30am to 3:30pm, or pop into our reception and pay on arrival! Don't miss this enchanting family adventure tailored for kids aged 5-9. Just €6 per child 🎩
Book your magical experience now through the link.
Featuring spectacular, creative, quirky Christmas trees of all kinds, in the stunning setting of St. Canice’s Cathedral. This annual display is a unique Christmas event for all ages to enjoy! The collection on display is a community collaboration. With local groups, families and individuals invited to submit a creative Christmas tree, created out of any medium and in any shape or size. Visitors will have a chance to vote for their favourite in a range of categories.
Join us for this exciting opportunity to explore the use of various types of printmaking techniques including monoprinting, collograph, and blockprinting. In this workshop you will explore different basic printmaking techniques, trialing, testing and learning from the various stages of printmaking. This is a hands-on workshop in which you will be inspired to experiment with shapes and pattern making using geometric patterns and contemporary design to create your own patterns and prints. Artist Paul Bokslag will guide you through the various printmaking processes and you will go home with your own prints on paper and new ideas.
Following on from The Man In the Woman’s Shoes and I Hear You and Rejoice, the new piece, the third in the series, takes us on a very unusual and otherworldly journey. Having married Kitsy Rainey late in life, cobbler Pat Farnon finally decides to lift the lid on a life previously lived by his wife. And all the while Pat faces down his own reckoning.
Europe’s very top ABBA show, ABBA FOREVER! It’s always party time when ABBA comes to town but when it’s the Christmas Show, then that’s a real excuse to let your hair down! This happy sing-a-long event is pure escapism. It celebrates ABBA’S music with a loud and proud production and terrific audio visuals of ABBA Seminal moments on the GIANT screen!
Lisa Hannigan, Gemma Hayes and Paul Noonan have always individually danced between genres as artists. Collaboration is part of the makeup of each of their careers. We are very happy to announce a special run of shows in 2023 and 2024. Three artists who have predominantly been centre-stage in their careers, while also experiencing the other parts and spaces and instruments that populate a band; Lisa, Gemma and Paul will come together to collaborate and share their stage and their songs with each other.
Santa Paws will be returning to MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre for one day only! On Tuesday December 12th from 6pm – 8pm, bring your furry friend along to meet Santa Clause and his mischievous elves at MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre. Proceeds from this event will go to the Lighthouse Youth Centre Charity.
Join us this Christmas as we celebrate the season with a magical Christmas Miscellany at Rothe House. Featuring a range of well-known and emerging writers, musicians, poets and singers from Kilkenny, this is an evening not to be missed. This event is supported by the Kilkenny Creative Ireland Programme 2023.
Join us for a delightful morning of fun at our Children's Christmas Storytelling & Craft Workshop at Rothe House this festive season. Our storytellers will share tales of Christmases past and present, filling children with the spirit of Christmas. The workshop will be filled with laughter, creativity, and lots of fun.
Children are invited to join us on Saturday 16th December, from 11am - 12.30pm for a festive workshop. This fun and creative workshop will invite participants to use a number of paper craft techniques to create their own Christmas decorations. Their finished work can be brought home to add to the festivities.
Mum and Dad can take in some last minute Christmas shopping, enjoy a relaxing look at Butler Gallery's Exhibitions and Collection, or enjoy a festive beverage at our cafe while the children enjoy some Christmas activities.
The Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny team is rolling out the red carpet and is inviting locals and visitors to the city to experience Christmas at as the 300-year-old brewing site as it hosts a very special, free one night only event! On Saturday, December 16, from 5:30pm, Christmas Carollers will be in full voice, welcoming guests upon their arrival to the cosy Barrell Yard, followed by a live music set from Raindogs from 6:30pm until 8.30pm. It’s the perfect way for weary Christmas shoppers to unwind or the ideal place to meet up with family and friends before dinner in any of the surrounding bars, restaurants and hotels.
We are excited to announce our A Choral Christmas is back again this year, after an amazing night last year, we are delighted to have Lady Desart Choir back with us again and this time they are joined by Cairdeas: Kilkenny Parkinson's Choir . It promises to another fantastic evening of music and festive cheer.
It’s Christmas Eve at the North Pole. Santa and his merry helpers are getting ready to deliver presents to all the good boys and girls around the world. But when Elfie, Santa’s favourite Elf, meets Slyck and Hoblin the mischievous Goblins, things don’t quite go according to plan! Suddenly it’s up to Elfie to save Christmas but he needs your help too!
Goldilocks! She’s off to seek her fortune but she soon finds that it is not as easy as she thought. Meanwhile the Three Bears are hiding a very special honey hive, making honey that helps Santa have a very special breakfast before he sets out for Christmas. But a rather naughty witch, Wanda the Wasp, is out to steal it… still, there might be a Handsome Prince in the forest to help… and the children in the audience will certainly want to lend a hand in this sparkling version of the much-loved tale.
Aja, taken from the classic and iconic Dan album is an 8 piece musical powerhouse of a band whose members have over 40 years experience in the business. They replicate in incredible detail the original recordings of the Legendary Steely Dan. Their 2 hour set generally consists of the entire Aja album in the first half and is a sight and sound to behold.
All Kevin McCallister wants for Christmas is for his family to disappear. So when he wakes to discover that they have accidentally left for their Christmas trip without him and that his wish has come true, he does what any kid would do – he parties! But when he learns that two burglars with a Christmas list of their own are working their way up the block, he is forced to defend the family home on his own and sets about decking the halls with ingenious traps to hold the thieves at bay until his relatives come home.
Step right up and into the spellbinding imagination of a man who set out to reveal that life itself can be the most thrilling show of all. Inspired by the legend and ambitions of America’s original pop-culture impresario, P.T. Barnum, comes an inspirational rags-to-riches tale of a brash dreamer who rose from nothing to prove that anything you can envision is possible and that everyone, no matter how invisible, has a stupendous story worthy of a world-class spectacle.
Based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved holiday classic, the Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit. Funny, heart-warming and visually stunning, it’s a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism.
Beset with personal and professional problems, George Bailey finds his previously happy life falling apart around him on Christmas Eve. Seeing no way out, George considers suicide from the edge of a bridge – but Clarence, his guardian angel, intervenes and shows George what his beloved hometown of Bedford Falls would be like without him.
International Recording artists Foster & Allen look forward to Celebrating 49 years in the Music Business with a Concert Tour of Ireland. Mick & Tony will of course be performing all their Hits like Bunch Of Thyme, Old Flames, Maggie, After All These Years, We Owe It All To You, as well as some of their new recordings from their latest album We’ll Meet Again.
Undoubtedly the UK’s premier Elvis theatre production, this stunning show takes the audience on a fantastic journey through all the years The King ruled the airwaves. With a full cast of West End talent, a spectacular set, breathtaking lights and awesome video content, Mario and the band deliver over 50 golden greats, charting the rise and rise of the boy from Tupelo.
Maureen Corcoran decides to find love for her two maturing sons (Joe and Pat) who have no interest in marriage. She spots an advertisement in the Ireland’s Own magazine where two equally ‘mature’ ladies (Daisy and Rose) are on the lookout for romance and without consulting her sons Maureen invites the ladies to come and inspect the ‘talent’ for themselves!
The legendary Kilfenora Céilí Band have established themselves as a unique force in Irish traditional music, regularly playing to packed venues at home and abroad. Originally formed in 1909, deriving from musician families in and around historic Kilfenora in the Burren area of County Clare, the band has constantly been refreshed with young talent. In concert, their powerful instrumental sound is accompanied by spectacular dancers and great songs. Their core repertoire of dance music, demonstrating incomparable lift and rhythm, reflects an unbroken tradition.
Anne Gildea brings her fabulous, informative, laugh-out-loud to An Grianan. Join Anne on this fabulous, informative, laugh-out-loud, trip through all things Menopause and find out what all the fuss has been about. What is it? Why does it happen? How come it barely bothers some women and shakes others to the core? Why is it named after men? Why didn’t our mammies warn us about it? And why, oh why is so little known about this inevitable phase of lady-life?
Rock Icons Show is the ultimate classic rock concert experience touring Ireland, the UK, Europe and beyond. The show takes you on a journey through some of the world's greatest classic rock bands and albums, featuring the music of rock icons such as Deep Purple, Free, Bon Jovi, Toto, Rainbow, Def Leppard, Thin Lizzy, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd, Status Quo, Van Halen and many more.
The band at the heart of the show has been a professional touring act for many years, performing in clubs and theatres through to arenas. They pay meticulous attention to every detail of the songs to replicate them as closely as possible to the original. With extensive touring experience in the UK, Ireland, Holland, Switzerland, France, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, and more, Rock Icons Show is a must-see for all self-respecting rock fans!
With a Brand New Show after 2019’s sold out national tour “Roy Orbison Reborn” will transport audiences to the great Rock n Roll era with hit after massive hit. Internationally Renowned Dean Bourne has been described as having “The Spirit Of Roy Orbison” within him, as he performs Roy Orbison’s iconic hits.
The White Horse Guitar Club, with 11 men, 11 voices, and 11 guitars, masterfully intertwines roots Americana with an Irish soul. After two sold-out Irish tours in 2023, and accumulating over one million views on YouTube, plus an exclusive invitation from President Michael D. Higgins to perform at Áras an Uachtaráin, the band continues to captivate with their live shows.
Filled with stirring and powerful emotions, the band unveils a treasure trove of songs - reimagined and delivered with pristine authenticity - ensuring each performance is a timeless journey through the heart of their musical narrative.
Step into Watergate Theatre, Parliament Street, Kilkenny on Sat 4 May 2024 and join The White Horse Guitar Club who will play fresh tracks from their upcoming album, along with beloved classics that have solidified their ever-growing fanbase at home and around the globe.
Celebrating 30 years since the iconic ‘PULSE’ tour, this highly authentic show recreates the atmosphere of Floyd live – featuring top-flight musicians, a stunning light show and over two hours of incredible music. Come and share the passion for Pink Floyd’s music, in our true celebration of all things Floyd!
Now seen by over 350,000 fans live and watched by millions on TV Europe’s No.1 multi award-winning show, "The Legends of American Country" returns for another fantastic night of toe tapping Country nostalgia. The 2024 tour will showcase highly acclaimed tributes to Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Don Williams, Patsy Cline, Charley Pride, Tammy Wynette and Kenny Rogers and new tributes to icons Hank Williams, Alan Jackson, Glen Campbell, Garth Brooks and Jim Reeves with countless other well-known singalong hit songs in this must see musical extravaganza. The show features 3 superb singers in the young Kelan Browne, Tracey McAuley and Antony McBrien who are all accompanied by a superb live band of musicians with that real authentic Tennessee sound coupled with authentic stage set and state of the art production that is guaranteed to transport you all the way hand clapping and toe tapping to Nashville and back in one night . One thing is for sure if it’s Country music you like then this is the only show in town!
In partnership with Tourism Ireland and in association with legendary Irish pub O’Donoghue’s, Seven Drunken Nights tells the story of a career spanning 50 years and invokes the spirit of Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, John Sheahan, Ciaran Bourke and Jim McCann. This hugely talented cast of musicians and singers bring the music of this iconic group back to life.